Canada’s Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 got off to a flying start on Friday in Marcoussis.
Their meeting with Spain in pool A resulted in a 31-5 victory. Within a fruitful first half, Canada had secured 24 points owing in the most part to winger Magali Harvey’s hat trick. But far from being an individual runaway, Harvey’s first try was born from the excellent vision of inside centre Andrea Burk who offered a well placed chip, right into the hands of the winger.
Speaking on Twitter Burk said:
— Andrea Burk (@ABurk_) August 1, 2014
Burk told us how her love for rugby began.
“I started playing rugby at 15 in high school. But it was whilst doing a soccer scholarship at university that I found myself looking over at the rugby pitch thinking what a cool sport Rugby was” she said.
“My first cap was in 2009 in France, so it’s really nice to be back here five years later at one of the pinnacle events for Women’s Rugby. “
“I just remember our number 8 and captain Kelly Russell taking a pick off the back of the scrum and going for a 20/30 yard run with an offload. The fans in France are always so electric. They just want to cheer for a good game.”
But how is it possible to combine playing international Rugby with earning a living?
“I started my own business in performance coaching and consulting so that I have flexibility to train and work.”
“It’s a way of life. When we find something we love, we get a spark, we feel lit up.”
“A challenge looks very different for everybody. The beautiful thing about challenges and pushing through it is that we get to grow and we get to achieve things that at the beginning we didn’t think were possible. But through that challenge the dream becomes a reality and it feels so amazing at the end of it all.”
Tomorrow on day two of #WRWC2014, Canada meet Samoa at 17:00.